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the way we live now

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For the third year running, we’re delighted to be partnering with the Hay Festival, where we now host our annual lecture.  With a stand at the festival for the full 10-day run, it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet festival-goers and take part in the celebration of ideas and imagination that is Hay. This year, to mark…

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Building a fort of books

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Our busy Acquisitions Assistant, Rhiannon highlights some new books on sport and the city of London arriving on The London Library shelves this month, just in time for the Olympic celebrations… There has been a huge amount of book ordering recently, including 225 new English titles on order this week alone! I suspect that I…

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New Year, New Books!

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Rhiannon, our busy Acquisitions Assistant, kicks off 2012 with an update on all the lovely new books crossing her desk on their way to the stacks. Now that the Christmas and New Year break are firmly behind us, here in Acquisitions we have pretty much caught up with all of our book ordering. This means…

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To Make a Dish of Snow

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The final installment for 2011 from our new intake of Graduate Trainees… After a busy November, settling in to the Library, learning to navigate the collections and looking ahead to the next step on the Librarian career ladder, our trainees are certainly deserving of a restful Christmas break. Here, Alice looks to the wonderful Science…

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Have a London Library Christmas

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With fewer than 3 weeks until Christmas – how on earth has it arrived so swiftly? – we’re sure we’re not the only ones having a last-minute panic about certain people who are hard to buy for! While we won’t ordinarily be using the blog to talk about things we have for sale, we thought…

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Imaginary histories

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Time to introduce Rosie, the third of this year’s Graduate Trainees here at the Library. In her first post for us, she finds a particularly intriguing shelfmark in the History stacks… The posts by Carley, Alice and Xavier have already provided London Library blog readers with a great introduction into the world of a Graduate…

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'Comparative Eskimo Dictionary' and other new books!

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Acquisitions calling! Welcome to my second blog entry, which lists some of the more interesting and unusual titles that have been purchased by the Library in the last few weeks. I have recently placed on order a large selection of books from the Oxford University Press, October-December 2011, New Titles catalogue. These have all been…

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Beyond the Library – inspiration in Berkeley Square

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While we all love to bury ourselves deep in the Library’s 15 miles of bookstacks, sometimes the opportunity to gaze at other sources of inspiration is just what we need to keep the brain and imagination in top form. Yesterday members of our patrons’ group, The Founders’ Circle, enjoyed just that, with a special trip…

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